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My Love For Hamberger Displays

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Sammy,

 

From the looks of your profile pic you do not have shelving above the door frames.

 

And it looks as if there is plenty of room up to the ceiling.

 

lol :)

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Bama,

 That is texas, not my house in New York. I will show you a few pictures of what my guest bedroom. Its terrible the wharehouse is full and my garage is full and until  get more space it is just piles of animation all over the place.

Darrid is comming over in 2 weeks to see everything and hang out for a bit. He has the pics of my place. There is animation all over!!!

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Sammy I am going to make a special "Carol Burnett" button for you so he can do the Tarzan yell!  LOL

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Sammy I am going to make a special "Carol Burnett" button for you so he can do the Tarzan yell!  LOL

Carol-er Burnett!!!!!!!!! LOL

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Carol-er Burnett!!!!!!!!! LOL

 

Love it! I'm sure I'm not the only one who remember this. What a great show btw, why don't we have more like that now?

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Used in the 50's in Macy's windows.....WOW way before my time.

My how things have changed over the years.

 

Darrid,

How about a full pic of Carol er Burnett

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Josh, these were just custom pieces not from the 50's. This design wasn't even done by Hamberger until the late 90's. I have the full set of the regular ones to compare, just the props are different.

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Bama here is first post that the full pic was in. He is from the Victorian Carolers set with the piano that Sammy picked up a few weeks back. He found the hole set with the piano.

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Hate to bother you Darrid but is that a reindeer in the Victorian Male caroler pic?

 

Looks like maybe antlers in the side of the pic.

 

Jerry

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George thats a good one...lol

 

& with the Victorian Christmas set I think I have the girl as well. I had someone make a dress for her a while ago & should be getting that soon. It is different then the origonal Hamberger clothing but that is what makes it your own. I may be missing the seated boy only but will find him eventually.

 

Darrid - ready for this weekend?

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Yeah I know I think I am running out of space & that is only 1 room. It went from organized to just skillfully stacking.

Dont worry buddie I will find a spot in there for you... If not then you can stay in the wharehouse..LOL

Thankx again for posting pics for me my uploader is not working right

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Ok Sammy, hope you have made room for me in the guest bedroom!

Darrid,

 

Hope you don't mind sleeping with animated figures with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. :)

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Darrid,

 

Hope you don't mind sleeping with animated figures with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. :)

 

I do it already, you should see my place! I will feel like I'm at home!  lol

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